I found some very old topics that partially covered the subject here, but I didn’t want to bring up 5 year old conversations to ask new questions.
I have been running an Allstar node on a Raspberry Pi with an HT as the RF source for a few years now. It is rock solid and runs great with Allstar and Echolink.
I know that Asterisk does all the heavy lifting under the covers.
So I want to do what other folks have done, put a line on my VOIP phone to log into my local Allstar node for connecting to other nodes.
I have seen some different configurations that will probably work, but before I make all the Allstarlink sysops mad, I have to ask some questions.
I have two node numbers, one is my primary, connected to my RF source. I have a second that is listed as a “Phone Portal” I have never used it.
In all the various instructions I have found for using VOIP phone on Allstar, they add the node number to the SIP.CONF file configs…
So first question is which node? Do I put my main node connected to the RF link, or the second one that I don’t use?
If I want to link to some other node out there in the interwebs, which node number (primary or the unused one) would I use in that SIP.CONF?
My example usage would be to use the VOIP phone to connect or disconnect the RF node (primary node) to or from external nodes.
My other usage would be to use the VOIP phone speakerphone and keypad to monitor or transceive on external nodes.
Last question is does any of this usage violate any best practices by the AllstarLink folks?
If I missed an obvious resource here, please point me there.